A Standard Swahili-English Dictionary

(founded on Madan's Swahili-English Dictionary)

Author: Inter-territorial Language (Swahili) Committee to the East African Dependencies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780195720075

Category: Swahili language

Page: 548

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Swahili - English Dictionary (Kamusi Ya Kiswahili - Kiingereza)

Author: John C. Rigdon

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781540432247


Page: 304

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Spoken originally along the eastern coast of Africa(the name kiSwahili means 'coastal language'), and now the official language of Tanzania as well as a major language in Kenya, Uganda and the eastern Congo, Swahili is the lingua franca of Eastern Africa. A significant fraction of Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through contact with Arabic-speaking Muslim inhabitants of the Swahili Coast. It has also incorporated German, Portuguese, English, Hindustani and French words into its vocabulary through contact with empire builders, traders and slavers during the past five centuries. The earliest known documents written in Swahili are letters written in Kilwa in 1711 A.D. in the Arabic script that were sent to the Portuguese of Mozambique and their local allies. Another ancient written document dated to 1728 is an epic poem in the Arabic script titled Utendi wa Tambuka (The History of Tambuka). One key step in spreading Swahili was to create a standard written language. In June 1928, an inter-territorial conference took place at Mombasa, at which the Zanzibar dialect, Kiunguja, was chosen to be the basis for standardising Swahili. Today's standard Swahili, the version taught as a second language, is for practical purposes Zanzibar Swahili. Swahili has become a second language spoken by tens of millions in three African Great Lakes countries (Tanzania, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)) where it is an official or national language. The neighbouring nation of Uganda made Swahili a required subject in primary schools in 1992. Some 80 percent of approximately 49 million Tanzanians speak Swahili in addition to their first languages. Many of the rising generation of Tanzania, however, speak Swahili as a primary language because of a decrease of the traditional cultures and the rise of a more unified culture in urban areas. Kenya's population is comparable as well, with a greater part of the nation being able to speak Swahili. Most educated Kenyans are able to communicate fluently in Swahili since it is a compulsory subject in school from grade one to high school and a distinct academic discipline in many of the public and private universities. The five eastern provinces of the DRC are Swahili-speaking. Nearly half the 66 million Congolese reportedly speak it, and it is starting to rival Lingala as the most important national language of that country. Swahili speakers may number 120 to 150 million. This English - Swahili and Swahili - English Dictionary (Kamusi ya Kiswahili - Kiingereza), contains 11,000 entries. It is based on our Words R Us - Wordnet implementation (www.wordsrus.info) which enables pairing the Swahili language with hundreds of others. It was created using dozens of sources including academic papers on the language as well as native speakers.

English Swahili dictionary

Author: Willy Kirkeby

Publisher: Africa World Pr

ISBN: 9788299457323

Category: Reference

Page: 1069

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Not only is this the most comprehensive English-Swahili dictionary to date (about 60,000 entries) - it is also the first one to include phonetic transcription. It covers all major fields of interest. American pronunciation is shown in cases differing from standard British pronunciation. In addition the dictionary abounds in synonyms and suggested alternative translations. In other words, this is a book not only for looking up in, but also for learning from. Willy Kirkeby has taught at secondary schools in Norway, Germany and Tanzania, and has been compiling a comprehensive selection of dictionaries. These include English-Norewegian and Norwegian-English dictionaries in both comprehensive and smaller editions.

A Standard English-Swahili Dictionary

(founded on Madan's English-Swahili Dictionary)

Author: Inter-territorial Language (Swahili) Committee to the East African Dependencies,Frederick Johnson

Publisher: N.A


Category: English language

Page: 635

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Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook

Author: Nicholas Awde,Martin Orwin,Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Cali Xaaji Axmed

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

ISBN: 9780781806213

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 175

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This book is very helpful for travellers to Somalia. Included in the book are vocabulary sections, a phrasebook, pronunciation, and a brief outline of the language's grammar rules and information on local culture.

Swahili-English, English -Swahili Dictionary

Author: Nicholas Awde

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

ISBN: 9780781809054

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 194

View: 6965

A gude for the most widely spoken African language contains over five thousand dictionary entries, terms and phrases for daily life siuations, a pronunciation guide, and cultural information.

English-Swahili pocket dictionary

Author: Hamisi Akida

Publisher: Mkuki Na Nyoka Pub


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 271

View: 3001

A concise and portable dictionary developed by two experienced and well respected teachers of Swahili. In this work they have taken into account not only the difficulties which non-Swahili speakers from many different language backgrounds have in learning the language, but also the importance of making Swahili equivalents of English words, correspond to those of the best speakers of Swahili. The English-Swahili Pocket Dictionary will be of benefit to English speakers who are learning Swahili, while Swahili speakers who are learning English will also find it invaluable.

Swahili plants

an ethnobotanical survey

Author: Bernd Heine,Karsten Legère

Publisher: R. Koppe

ISBN: 9783927620896

Category: Nature

Page: 376

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Swahili-English, English-Swahili Dictionary

Author: Nicholas Awde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780781804806

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 596

View: 9415

Swahili is one of the Bantu languages, which form the branch of the Niger-Congo family. Its vocabulary is basically Bantu, but many words are borrowed from Arabic.

Colloquial Swahili

The Complete Course for Beginners

Author: Lutz Marten,Donovan Lee Mcgrath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113459769X

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 312

View: 1842

Colloquial Swahili is the ideal introduction to the major language of East Africa. Written by experienced teachers, the course provides a step-by-step approach to Swahili. No previous knowledge of the language is required.

Diversity in African languages

Selected papers from the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics

Author: Doris L. Payne,Sara Pacchiarotti,Mokaya Bosire

Publisher: Language Science Press

ISBN: 3946234704


Page: 600

View: 6854

Diversity in African Languages contains a selection of revised papers from the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, held at the University of Oregon. Most chapters focus on single languages, addressing diverse aspects of their phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, information structure, or historical development. These chapters represent nine different genera: Mande, Gur, Kwa, Edoid, Bantu, Nilotic, Gumuzic, Cushitic, and Omotic. Other chapters investigate a mix of languages and families, moving from typological issues to sociolinguistic and inter-ethnic factors that affect language and accent switching. Some chapters are primarily descriptive, while others push forward the theoretical understanding of tone, semantic problems, discourse related structures, and other linguistic systems. The papers on Bantu languages reflect something of the internal richness and continued fascination of the family for linguists, as well as maturation of research on the family. The distribution of other papers highlights the need for intensified research into all the language families of Africa, including basic documentation, in order to comprehend linguistic diversities and convergences across the continent. In this regard, the chapter on Daats’íin (Gumuzic) stands out as the first-ever published article on this hitherto unknown and endangered language found in the Ethiopian-Sudanese border lands.

Swahili Grammar for Introductory and Intermediate Levels

Sarufi ya Kiswahili cha Ngazi ya Kwanza na Kati

Author: Oswald Almasi,Michael David Fallon,Nazish Pardhan Wared

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761863826

Category: Education

Page: 462

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This comprehensive book is intended for university students and anyone interested in learning Standard Swahili grammar as spoken in the East African Community of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. On completing this book, the reader will be able to read, write and converse in Swahili with confidence.

The Languages of the World

Author: Kenneth Katzner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134532881

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

View: 6912

This third edition of Kenneth Katzner's best-selling guide to languages is essential reading for language enthusiasts everywhere. Written with the non-specialist in mind, its user-friendly style and layout, delightful original passages, and exotic scripts, will continue to fascinate the reader. This new edition has been thoroughly revised to include more languages, more countries, and up-to-date data on populations. Features include: *information on nearly 600 languages *individual descriptions of 200 languages, with sample passages and English translations *concise notes on where each language is spoken, its history, alphabet and pronunciation *coverage of every country in the world, its main language and speaker numbers *an introduction to language families

English-Swahili Dictionary

Author: David Phineas Bhukanda Massamba

Publisher: Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar Es Salaam


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 882

View: 311

This massive authoritative Swahili dictionary, is the most definitive and comprehensive in existence. It has taken a team of lexicographers and academics fourteen years to prepare, with the support of the Institute of Kiswahili Research in Dar es Salaam. The last comparable edition was in 1939, and was primarily intended to help the user to comprehend English texts. The dictionary records new words and meanings of words which the language has acquired since 1939; and provides lexicographical information needed by current dictionary users.There are more than 50,000 entries, with an attempt to give every English word an equivalent in Swahili, or otherwise a phrase; and the vocabulary covers both general and specialized language. Guidance is provided on use and connotation, word formation and syntax, and derivatives and compounds of a headword are explicitly shown in each entry. The full information and arrangement given for each entry is: headword, homographs, wordclass, alternative spelling of a headword, cross-reference, gloss, definition, subject label, usage label, regional label, senses separated by numbers, illustrative examples, compounds, derivatives, and adjectival complementation.

English Hindi Dictionary

Author: Father Camil Bulcke

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 9788121927192

Category: Education

Page: 1032

View: 4341

Product Dimensions: 22x16x4 cm.